Port of Long Beach adds 33 eco trucks to fleet

Port of Long Beach introduces 33 eco trucks

A Port of Long Beach container terminal has unveiled a fleet of 33 new human-operated, zero-emissions battery-electric yard tractors.

The cargo-handling machines have reportedly replaced traditional gasoline and diesel-powered models.

The deployment was led by terminal operator SSA Terminals LLC, a joint venture between SSA Marine and Matson Navigation Company.

The move is partially funded by a $50 million grant from the California Air Resources Board for the Sustainable Terminals Accelerating Regional Transformation, or START project, a sweeping, transformative demonstration of a near-zero and zero-emissions supply chain.

The START project is part of California Climate Investments, a state-wide initiative that reportedly puts billions in cap-and-trade dollars to work by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Additional funding for the equipment was provided by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Targeted Airshed Grant award.

The new machines reportedly increase the percentage of zero-emissions equipment being used at the Port of Long Beach to approximately 20 per cent. The percentage will continue to increase as more zero-emissions equipment is rolled out at the port.

This equipment is also expected to accelerate Pier C’s progress toward zero-emissions operations, a process that will continue further as SSA Terminals works to integrate zero-emissions, human-driven top handlers.

“Meeting our aggressive zero-emissions goals is not possible without the support of our partners, and this project is just another example of the shared commitment at the Port of Long Beach to a zero-emissions future,” said Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero.

“I’d especially like to thank SSA Terminals for leading zero-emissions efforts at Pier C, Southern California Edison for prioritising zero-emissions infrastructure projects and CARB for the funding to make these types of projects possible.”

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“This project is exciting, and we commend all parties involved for balancing the need for zero-emissions technology and infrastructure while bolstering the efficient movement of cargo by the hardworking dockworkers,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission Vice President, Bonnie Lowenthal.

The equipment is reportedly capable of running a two-shift operation with a once-per-day opportunity charge. Both the port and SSA Terminals worked with Southern California Edison to bring the project to fruition.

In September 2023, the Port of Long Beach announced that it had hit its green targets ahead of schedule, emitting significantly less air pollution emissions than in 2022.

More recently, the Port of Long Beach announced its plan to bid in early 2024 for its first construction contract to begin works on the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility.

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